Luchador wrestlers such as El Angel de la Muerte (above) take pride in their colorful masks. Some design their own. (Photo by Luz Garcia Cubillos)
Editor’s Note: The wrestlers agreed to interviews as long as they could be identified by their wrestling names.
By Luz Garcia Cubillos
Everyone has a passion, that inner motivation that, sometimes, makes people wake up in the morning, or embark on the wildest odysseys.
That is what drives “Los Luchadores Independientes,” a group of Latino pro wrestlers who transform themselves with colorful masks and outfits, and train into all hours of the night to pursue their dream of performing for a few hours in the ring.
When the night falls in Chicago, 17 Mexican wrestlers leave their lives and jobs and adopt secret identities to participate in Lucha Libre wrestling. They meet for training Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m., or on Sunday mornings.
Jeff Dickerson of Chicago's ESPN 1000-AM (Courtesy Photo)
Jeff Dickerson has been a Chicago Bears beat reporter for ESPN 1000-AM since 2004, with a Bears blog at ESPNChicago.com since April. He also hosts a weeknight Chicago radio show on ESPN 1000 and helps with Bears coverage for ABC-7 “The Chicago Huddle” show.
ChicagoStorytelling’s Sam Krafttalked with Dickerson about reporting on the Bears in a football-crazed city and how he incorporates social media into his daily coverage.
Audio: Dickerson offers advice for aspiring sports journalists.
Audio: Dickerson talks about what it takes to do his job.
K.C. Johnson covered the 2008 Olympics for the Tribune. (Courtesy Photo)
The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson started at the ground floor of the Internet age of journalism. Johnson, a former basketball player at Beloit College, moved from covering high school sports to becoming the Tribune’s first full-time online sports reporter in 1996, when he covered the 72-10 Bulls team with Michael Jordan.
Since then, Johnson has moved on to cover the Blackhawks, Bears and Bulls for both the print and online editions of the Tribune. He also covered U.S. men’s basketball team’s gold-medal run at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
ChicagoStorytelling’s Camelia Rodriguezinterviewed Johnson about how technology has changed sports journalism in the past 15 years.